Historic victory for Liberal Democrats

by danielbarker on 25 June, 2022

Its been dubbed by the press the ‘worst by-election defeat in history’. As the Daily Telegraph reported; ‘The Liberal Democrats handed Boris Johnson the biggest by-election defeat in British history as the Tories lost a huge majority in Tiverton and Honiton and surrendered Wakefield to Labour on the same night…..The loss in Tiverton is particularly humiliating […]

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THE RAIL STRIKE IS OF THE GOVERNMENT’S OWN MAKING

by danielbarker on 21 June, 2022

 On June 21st (today), 23rd and 25th railway workers in the RMT Union will be taking industrial action. Talks with Network Rail and the 15 Train Operating Companies have failed to reach agreement on pay and conditions in the face of inflation now running at over 10%. “Strike action is not something anyone enters into lightly, no […]

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Round-up of recent by-elections across the country

by danielbarker on 21 June, 2022

Two Conservative defeats in council by-elections. Conservatives lose seat to Greens in this week’s by-election. Conservative council by-election losses continue. Liberal Democrats gain council by-election from Conservatives. Full slate of Lib Dem candidates in this week’s by-elections. There have been five weeks of council by-elections and deferred elections from May to report on. They saw […]

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This article in the Local Government Chronicle by Jessica Hill dated 14 June 2022 doesn’t make for easy reading for although it talks about inflation pressures as it applies to County Council’s (so links directly to those living in near neighbouring Staffordshire) what it says equally applies to Metropolitan Borough Council’s like Walsall MBC. Council […]

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Now Boris Johnson’s ethics chief has resigned!

by danielbarker on 16 June, 2022

Taken from an article by SAM BLEWETT, PA DEPUTY POLITICAL EDITOR, AOL News Boris Johnson’s ethics adviser has resigned a day after telling MPs it was “reasonable” to suggest the Prime Minister broke the ministerial code by breaching lockdown laws. Lord Geidt became the second ministerial interests adviser to resign during the Prime Minister’s three […]

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Coming off the back of a bruising ‘No Confidence’ vote which saw Boris Johnson’s popularity ratings plunge to new depths, Johnson hot footed it up to Red Wall country “up north” to announce his latest idea to end the housing crisis, a crisis he helped create. In case you missed it, the idea he came […]

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Rishi Sunak has been accused of failing to act soon enough to save £11bn of taxpayers’ money that has been used to pay interest on government debt. The National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) said the losses stemmed from the chancellor’s failure to insure against interest rate rises. It meant higher than necessary […]

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Eddie Hughes, the Walsall North MP and junior minister has remained firmly behind the PM and insisted it was now time to move on. He said: “The PM won the vote. Now he must be allowed to get back to work, growing the economy and levelling up the country.” A spokesperson for Walsall North Liberal […]

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We are ruled by a divided party

by danielbarker on 7 June, 2022

However you dress it up, last night was a bad night for the Conservative Party, and for Boris Johnson who’s authority is in tatters. 148 Conservative MPs have now declared that they do not have confidence in Boris Johnson’s administration. That’s roughly 40% of the Parliamentary party. It means that less than a third of […]

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The government has slashed funding for free school meals for 4-7 year olds in the Walsall area by £215,146 in real terms, shocking new figures uncovered by the Liberal Democrats have revealed.  The party said it is yet another example of the Conservatives “short-changing our children.” Universal Infant Free School Meals were introduced by the […]

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